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Eagles, Dallas Goedert Agree to Contract Extension Through 2025

The tight end was set to become a free agent at the end of the season, but he won't be going anywhere
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PHILADELPHIA – A third member of the Eagles' 2018 draft class has been locked down, after the Eagles and tight end Dallas Goedert agreed to a four-year contract extension on Friday morning that will keep him in Philadelphia through 2025.

The deal, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is if for $59 million, with $35.7M guaranteed.

Back in September, the Eagles gave new deals to LT Jordan Mailata, who was a seventh-round pick that year, and DE Josh Sweat, who came in the fourth round.

An argument could be made that Goedert's roommate, CB Avonte Maddox, another fourth-round pick in 2018, deserves one, too.

"Going back to Jordan and Sweat, and my class in general, we came in here, we’ve been hard workers," said Goedert just minutes after signing his new contract. "Just looking at Sweat coming off the injuries that he had, and looking at Jordan not playing football and being able to do it, Avonte is playing really good football, so just the whole class that came in and got drafted to all be here for a few more years is really exciting and a testament to our class and how we came in here and just went to work right away."

Goedert was in the final year of his contract and said during training camp that he was surprised he had done had a deal in place before the regular season. The reason for that was the Eagles still had Zach Ertz and his $8.5M deal on their books, but Ertz was traded to the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 15.

By waiting this long for a deal to develop, Goedert admitted that the contract the two sides talked about during the summer increased.

"Obviously, it’s changed a little bit," he said. "It went up. But we’re really excited with it. I think both sides are happy. I’m really thankful, really happy. I love playing in Philadelphia with these fans. They’re always very passionate. Just to be here, in the same place I started my career for another four, is pretty special to me."

Goedert could have waited even longer, until after the season to see what sort of deal he would sign as a free agent but had no interest in doing that.

"I love Philadelphia," he said. "I love playing in Philadelphia. I think we have a great, young group of players, a great young group of people that I get to go out and lead offensively. I think we continue to grow as a group, and be really special now and over the next four years while I’m here."

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The contract is second in total value to George Kittle who got $75M over five years. the total guarantee is third behind Kittle’s $40M and Baltimore's Mark Andrews at $37.583M.

Goedert's average salary ranks third on the team, behind Fletcher Cox, Lane Johnson, and Jordan Mailata. The guarantee is behind those three teammates as well.

"Really excited for him," said head coach Nick Sirianni. "He's the type of guy that we just think the world of him. We think he's a great football player, great on and off the field.

"And just the type of guy you want to succeed and to sign contracts like this, right, and to keep in the building. So, really excited for him and his family and just the organization, that we could get this done."

Since arriving in the second round of the 2018 draft from South Dakota State, Goedert has 166 receptions for 1,894 yards and 14 touchdowns despite playing in the shadow of Ertz.

This season, he has 29 receptions for 429 yards and two scores. He suffered a concussion in last week’s 30-13 win over the Denver Broncos, but is trending toward playing against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday (1 p.m.) at Lincoln Financial Field.

"I said it a while ago that I believe really highly in myself," said Goedert. "I believe I’m one of the best tight ends in the league. I’m always going to have that mindset. But to be paid up there, I feel like the respect the team showed me, it’s just really cool that they see the hard work that I put in day in and day out to believe that I deserved and earned it.

"It’s a really cool feeling and thankful that they see what I can do."

Ed Kracz is the publisher of SI.com’s Eagle Maven and co-host of the Eagles Unfiltered Podcast. Check out the latest Eagles news at www.SI.com/NFL/Eagles or www.eaglemaven.com and please follow him on Twitter: @kracze.